- The personal belongings of four journalists were lost to suspected robbers and pickpockets at the site of the ruling APC’s just-concluded primaries
- Reports indicate that crooks , disguised as party supporters, who committed criminal acts at the congress venue Party
Eagle Square, Abuja – At least four journalists assigned to cover the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary election lost their phones and cameras to suspected robbers and pickpockets in Eagle Square, Abuja.
According to The Punch, some of the crooks disguised themselves as party supporters to commit the act, while others ambushed outside the gathering venue and swooped down on their victims.
The publisher of MP3 Weekly Newspaper r, McDonald Azuju, was one of the victims.
How Azuju Was Robbed
Azuju was reportedly bullied and robbed of his phone while waiting at one the long lines in front of the convention center.
He talked about the ugly experience:
“It’s inconceivable that I can come all the way from Lagos to lose my phone to some petty thieves in Abuja. Although a data protection officer assured me that he would help restore it. But I doubt it. My only consolation is not letting the perpetrator go unpunished.”
The teenager who picked up the phone allegedly said he threw it to a member of his syndicate which he could not remember.
Apart from Azuju, a foreign journalist was also attacked while he was on duty at the congress.
He was accused of losing his bag amid a stampede when police officers fired tear gas to control the crowd.
He said the bag contained his personal belongings, including one Digital camera and an iPad.
Security agents were discovered to have arrested three suspected phone grabbers after assaulting another reporter.
The well-dressed lads who joined the lines of delegates reportedly used the commotion at the gate of Adlerplatz to get the phone out of the journalist’s pocket.
Journalists raise the alarm
The journalist raised the alarm, huh caught the attention of security agents rushing to the scene.
After the suspects were searched, the missing phone was not found on them.
However, an officer who saw the attackers throw something under a stationary security vehicle found the phone where it was hidden.
The Punch noted that the APC conference is the second major political campaign where journalists would face police brutality and robbery this year.
Police had earlier arrested 10 suspected pickpockets at a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) special convention at the National Stadium on Saturday, May 28.
APC primary: Buhari’s former Minister Blames Tinubu’s Rise, Raise Serious Allegations Against Party attributed his absence from Congress to abandoning the consensus approach in choosing the party’s flag-bearer for 2023.
He expressed his disappointment after he and almost everyone else Once aspirants had agreed on a consensus approach to selecting a presidential candidate, the party succumbed to the surrender of the party ticket to the highest bidder.
Nwajiuba was conspicuously absent from Eagle Square, Abuja, the venue .
Unbeatable Tinubu Floors Osinbajo, Lawan, Amaechi and Others Win APC Presidential Primary
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, June 8, Tinubu emerged victorious from the pre
In a bitter struggle, the Jagaban itself defeated its challengers, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and others.
Of the votes sorted and counted, Tinubu received 1,271 votes, while his closest challenger, Rotimi Amaechi, received 316 votes.
Source: Legit. ng